After adding two more gold medals to his already impressive list career of accomplishments, Britain’s most decorated Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, is likely to announce his retirement from track cycling this week, according to the British Press.
Hoy, 37, has six career golds and one silver in track cycling, and earned back-to-back championships in the team sprint and Keirin disciplines as he led the Brits to a dominant performance on their home track last summer.
“It doesn’t come as a huge surprise, if indeed, he does retire,” BBC Sport’s Jill Douglas opined Monday. “He’s had a long holiday and been busy developing his new bike brand and he will have thought long and hard about any decision he has made.”
The only real surprise is that Hoy, a born Scotsman, won’t compete in the 2014 Commonwealth in his home city of Glasgow next year on the track that was literally named after him. But Hoy has previously said he didn’t want to compete if he doesn’t think he can win, so the fact that he didn’t race in February’s world track cycling championships seems to mean he’s done with competitive cycling.
Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, recently met former soccer star David Beckham at a restaurant.
Both global sporting icons posted similar photos on social media with similar captions Monday morning.
Beckham played midfield for Manchester United, and Bolt is a longtime fan of the soccer club.
Bolt, who is planning on retiring after the 2017 World Championships, was recently asked about the possibility of Manchester United while hosting a Facebook Live.
“If I had the chance to play for Manchester United, I would go right now,” he said, laughing. “I would retire and start playing futbol right now. That’s how much I really want to play for Manchester United.”
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was running down the open field when he encountered Chicago Bears safety Chris Prosinski.
Prosinski went low and Elliott, a high school state champion in the 110m and 300m hurdles, decided to go high and hurdle the defender:
The track and field community took notice of Elliott’s hurdle.
Lolo Jones, a 100m hurdler who competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, gave Elliott grades of an A++ for difficulty and an A for technique on Twitter. She wrote that it “hands down would’ve been best NFL hurdle technique of the yr.” if a second Bears defender, Jonathan Anderson, hadn’t prevented Elliott from landing cleanly:
Dawn Harper-Nelson, the 2008 Olympic champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 100m hurdles, also had a positive review of Elliott’s efforts:
Emma Coburn, the 2016 Olympic 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist, thought Elliott’s leap resembled her event:
Elliott finished with 30 carries for 140 yards to lead the Cowboys to a 31-17 win during Sunday Night Football.
His mother, Dawn, who was a track and field athlete at the University of Missouri, posted a photo on Twitter to remind everyone where her son inherited his hurling gene from:
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